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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonFrasera albicaulis var. modocensis
Family common name(s)gentian; gentianwort; gentianworts
Genus common name(s)frasera
Species common name(s)white-stemmed frasera; white-stemmed swertia; white-stem frasera; white stem frasera; whitestem frasera; white-stem swertia; white-stem green-gentian; white-stem green gentian; white stem green gentian; white-stem gentian; whitestem gentian; white-stem elkweed; whitestem elkweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaelkweed, green-gentian, green gentian, greengentian are applied to multiple Swertia/Frasera taxa; desert elkweed is more commonly applied to Swertia albomarginata; felwort, fellwort are applied to multiple Gentianaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSwertia albicaulis (Griseb.) Kuntze var. modocensis (H. St. John) J.S. Pringle
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